The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we listen to Romania’s Roxen with her song “Amnesia”. Was it something we wanted to remember or did we find it forgettable? Read on to find out!
Roxen – “Amnesia”
Calvin: I don’t know why this innocent-sounding song hits home with me. It all feels natural, authentic, and real. It may actually help that you can hear that she isn’t a native English speaker. This makes the song less polished and forces you to pay attention to what she’s singing about. And her topic of self-love almost concerns everybody while it’s not as washed out as love or being heartbroken.
Jonathan: I can see what Roxen was trying to do with “Amnesia”. The song attempts to build an emotional story into an understated pop song. Sadly, that emotion has yet to make any distinctive impact upon me. What’s left is a steady mid-tempo track that runs for its three minutes without giving the listener much indication of what it would like them to do while it’s playing (cry? dance? vibe?). Ultimately, there’s no real moment of pay-off at any point in the song.
Julian: Roxen is serving quality! Hearing the song first, “Amnesia” seems to be a typical pop ballad which is produced brilliantly. I love the switches between decent and present beats, I love her strong but emotionally almost-broken voice and her way of delivering it. That’s a nice base to build on. The lyrics had such an impact on me that I love “Amnesia” more every time I listen to it. Roxen speaks about depression and emotional ballast and more importantly, she speaks for those who used to be quiet! It is an important topic and Roxen has found a beautiful way to speak about it in her song.
Lauren: “Amnesia” brings something altogether different to the table. Musically reminiscent of Pam Rabbit’s “Get Up”, this song’s style is right up my alley, and it helps that its lyrics are actually one of the best ones of the year. If Roxen works on her pronunciation and the staging is as impactful as the music video, this could shoot for a deserved top-ten result.
Luis: “Amnesia” is a ballad but it’s the most dynamic of the year, with interesting beats on the bridge. Roxen’s voice fits in perfectly, and the vision shown in the music video is very promising. Romania will probably be rewarded by the juries: this is modern, Spotify-friendly and deliciously crafted. They might find more trouble in the televote: the weakest spot of this song is its memorability. Luckily, they have been drawn late in the semi-final.
Roxen – “Amnesia” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.95/10
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